January 23, 2022

Minnesota: Duluth City Councilors Call For Lifting of Restrictions on Sales Of E-Books to Libraries, Four City Councilors Send Letter to Macmillan

From the Duluth News-Tribune:

Four Duluth city councilors co-signed and sent a letter to Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Tuesday afternoon denouncing the company’s recent decision to sharply tighten the supply of popular new-release e-books available at public libraries across the nation.


But outgoing Duluth City Council President Noah Hobbs notes that people who use libraries also have been shown to be more likely to purchase books in print or electronic form, and he pointed out that libraries are among publishers’ best customers.


The open letter sent to Sargent by councilors Hobbs, Gary Anderson, Renee Van Nett and Arik Forsman stated: “Our concern is that your decision to place a two-month embargo on e-books to libraries comes at the expense of the public good and our ability to provide for our library patrons.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.